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Name: Brian Moravec Date: August 29, 2007 School District: Oregon University System Teacher’s School email address: brian.moravec@oit.edu Title of Lesson/Unit: Determining the mass of an object. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) STEM Concepts Addressed: This lesson uses Solidworks to determine the mass of an object. Variations of the same object will be drawn, and the lightest object the meets the design requirements will be chosen. Length of instruction period: 1 hour How many periods needed to implement lesson unit: 1 period Grade Level(s) for use: All Objectives: 1. Create a mounting plate that conforms to a given set of requirements.
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From the original design, create a series of plates using a design table.

3. Determine the mass of the plates, and determine which design is the lightest. Materials: Solidworks, Microsoft Excel, paper and pencil. Procedures: • Create a new part in SolidWorks with millimeter units (located under: Tools, Options, Document Properties, Units; set to MMGS system) • Using the Sketch command, select Rectangle to sketch with. • Now, select the Front plane to sketch on. • Create a rectangle that is 15 mm wide and 10 mm high (this can be done by drawing an approximate rectangle and then using the Smart Dimension command). • Now, Extrude the rectangle 2mm. • Next, we will assign a material type to the plate. Do this by selecting: Edit, Appearance, Material. Assign the plate to be: Iron, Gray Cast Iron. • Determine the mass of the plate by selecting: Tools, Mass Properties. (Note, if you are requested to rebuild the model, select OK). The mass should be shown as 2.16 grams. Note that a lot of additional values are shown; these will be useful for advanced design projects. • Insert a 2.0 mm hole through the center of the plate (you may use the Hole Wizard, or Extrude Cut).

11 grams now. it should be 2. .• Determine the mass of the plate again.

• • • • • • Now. Under properties you will see “Name” with the default name (such as D1). select Block model edits that would update the design table so you are not allowed to change the model if these changes would update the design table. Set the name of the width to Width. Design Table. To rename a dimension from its default do the following: Right click the dimension. select Blank to insert a blank design table. click OK (the check mark) to close the dimension property manager. You should see the names of the dimensions (some may be the same). Do this by selecting: Insert. height to Height. To do this we will assign names to the height and width dimensions. and then select Properties. Type in the new name and then select OK. Under Edit Control. In the design table we will change the height and width of the plate. Finally. then under the Systems Options tab select Show Dimension Names. . Now. we will make a Design Table for our plate. and rename the hole dimensions to Center Height and Center Width. which will allow us to vary the dimensions. and click OK. insert a design table. Select Options from the Standard Tool Bar. all-the-while keeping the hole centered in the plate (at least for now). Under Source.

Now. and 6 as the configuration names). The selected configuration should appear. you may use formulas to keep the hole centered. A list of your configurations should appear. and determine the minimum weight possible. Resources Used: None.50 inch diameter. Finally. double click the “Width” dimension name on the drawing. double-click the name of the configuration of interest. 0. Select OK (check mark). By adding the center height and center width to our design table. The plate thickness will be 0. To display you new configurations.4. have the students create a steel plate (AISI 1020) that meets the following requirements: Maximum width of 7 inches. and “Center Height” headings. Moving to cell C2 (which should happen automatically) repeat this by selecting “Height”.3. “Center Width”. minimum of 5 inches. Maximum height of the plate is required to be11 inches. Now. When each new configuration appears. if not. save your drawing. • What materials did you employ from published sources? None. . An Excel spreadsheet should now appear. If you know how to use Excel. the current drawing dimensions should show up on the spreadsheet listed next to the title of “first instance”. Then. For my example I have randomly changed the width between 10 and 12 mm. we leave open the opportunity to place the hole off-center if the need arises. view your new configurations (and determine their masses) by the following: Click the Configuration Manager tab at the top of the Feature Manager Design tree. and then select Edit Table. we type in our dimensions under the “Width”. Now. Have the students determine the mass of the plate.5. and the height between 11 and 15 mm) all-the-while keeping the hole centered in the plate). it should appear in the table.• • • • • Under Options. To add more configurations. we type in our configuration names under the “first instance” heading (I have used 2. to add the dimension names to the design table do the following: With the curser in cell B2. select Design Table from the Feature Manager Design tree. just determine the dimensions. “Height”. determine its mass by following the procedure at the start of this exercise (Tools. You should get a message that your new configurations were made. Assessment: On their own.500 inches. located such that the center of any hole will be no closer than 2 inches to the center of any other hole. Copyrighted Materials: None. just click anywhere in the drawing. Mass Properties). The plate will have 5 mounting holes. or to any edge. If you accidentally get out of the spreadsheet. clear New Parameters and New Configurations so that any changes you make to the model do not update the design table. with a minimum height of 6 inches. Repeat for Center Width and Center Height. • • • • • To exit Design Table.

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